The official website for the recently announced PlayStation 4/Vita title, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, has been updated with a story outline. A translation (courtesy of Siliconera and Gematsu) can be found below:
A reconstructed virtual world – one that “people” didn’t demand.
I logged in. This world feels familiar. An origin world. A “world” that isn’t the one we live in.
The year is 2024.
Sword Art Online is set in a floating castle called “Aincrad” where game over means you die in real life. When a player known as Kirito cleared the game, the virtual world collapsed.
The “SAO” incident caused a great ripple in the society.
Some time has passed since then.
The life-threatening “NerveGear” hardware was replaced by “AmuSphere” hardware, which makes the virtual reality world safe.
Research and development for new possibilities in virtual reality paved way for a new game based on Sword Art Online’s former server.
Called Sword Art: Origin or “SA:O,” this new virtual reality MMORPG brings back past memories.
Kirito receives a message: “I came back to Aincrad.”
This marks the start of a new adventure for Kirito and his friends.
Characters confirmed so far include Kirito, Asuna, and an unnamed “mysterious girl” with no expression who gazes at Kirito from a distance and leaves a message.
Bandai Namco has also released a batch of screenshots, which you can check out directly on the game’s website. And in case you’ve missed it, click here for Hollow Realization‘s initial announcement and trailer.